Sunday, September 28, 2008

new old stuff.

on my way.

my poor licca doesn't get photographed enough. she just doesn't have enough clothing that fits her. (but she does have a helmet!) the problem is that she is a reproduction vintage licca, and smaller than the modern licca/blythe body. i made a dress for her from a blythe pattern once, and it is sadly too big. it fits my type 3 pullips, but is unfortunately waytoo short to be a dress. sigh! looks like i have to make my own pattern.

i renewed some items for the first time recently. now i know more about what makes a good first photo in a listing. this one looks so much better, and now i have it set as my avatar as well. (=

rainbow headband

also, a new blog for dolly fans: the delightful doll! lots of great stuff from people who make things for dolls of all kinds. it includes updates on sellers from our very own doll couture etsy team!

enjoy the last few hours of weekend, people. i'm off to have a little dinner. (=

Monday, September 22, 2008

etsy links!

hello! today i thought i'd make a list of some links that that have been helpful to me since i've started etsy-ing.

poster sketch: so helpful when making a treasury! if i get an idea for one, i'll plan it out here beforehand. you can drag the pictures around to different spots until you get them just right. then, when a spot opens up, you can just copy and paste the item numbers. just don't clear your cookies until then! (here's a screencap of my last treasury, lots of colorful buttons!)

google alerts: set one up for your shop name or url to easily find out when people are blogging about you.

majaba's heart-o-matic: this makes it so much easier to keep track of your hearts, especially on your items.

google search query: search google for: *your shop name* etsy search_query

and you will find out what etsy searches you are coming up in. you can then bookmark that page and check up on it every so often.

diy photo studio: uses a box, paper, and a desk lamp. i use a variation on this set-up for some of my shots, like for this item: a holly hobbie miniature.

hope that helps someone!

as for my shop, i'm working on some human-sized knittythings, and thinking of listing some more of my button stash. thing is.. none of my other destashes have sold. i wonder if they're priced too high, or if people just don't buy destash lots all that often? hmm.

well, happy monday! off to the post office.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

dyeing in the kitchen.

so after seeing etsy's natural dyeing tutorial, i went ahead and gave it a try. we already had some tumeric, and i gathered skins off all the onions in the fridge. (that won't hurt them, right?) results!

natural dyeing

left to right: tumeric, vidalia onion skins, leftover onion, undyed.
(click to view the flickr page if it's cut off. sorry!)

i like the color from the onion skins the best. it's a really nice warm light brown. the lighter colored one is from after the first batch. it looked like there was still lots of dye left, but it came out pretty light. the tumeric made a great mustard-y color, but i had trouble rinsing it out.. lots of clumpy spice-bits.

it was fun, but as i suspected, the dye doesn't really hold well with only salt as a mordant. i rinsed the skeins so many times and they never stopped bleeding. it was fun though, and could probably be used to make something that didn't need to be washed often.

also, a quick shot of the hat made from the knittydirtygirl batts i spun...


it looks way awesome-er in person. and now i am hooked on spinning crazy batts...